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Cambridge expertise for Chemnitz research excellence

Cambridge Professors David Cardwell and Ian White enhance the Excellence Council and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE at Chemnitz University of Technology

Chemnitz University of Technology is further pushing its strategy of excellence forward with top-level expertise. Prof. David Cardwell and Prof. Ian White support the Excellence Council and Scientific Advisory Board of the Chemnitz University for MERGE, the Germany-wide first and only Federal Cluster of Excellence in the field of lightweight construction research.

Both leading scientists research at the Department of Engineering at the globally renowned University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. “I am delighted that we were able to win the support of two internationally prominent scientists for our strategy of excellence. With their expertise they will provide important impulses for the national and especially international position of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE”, emphasizes Prof. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology, who himself has spent numerous long-term research stays at the University of Cambridge and initiated the cooperation.

Both Cambridge researchers will travel to Chemnitz in the next couple of weeks and contribute their expertise on site. Prof. Cardwell is Head of the Department of Engineering and co-director of the KACST- Cambridge Research Centre of the University of Cambridge. Prof. Ian White is currently Master of Jesus College, van Eck Professor of Engineering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Photonics Research at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

“The reduction of climate-damaging emissions is a global challenge. Thus, we are all the more delighted to receive support from Cambridge as we continue advancing approaches to these problems with lightweight construction”, assures Prof. Lothar Kroll, coordinator of the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE.

Background information: Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE

In this nationwide unique project approx. 100 academic researchers and technicians work on the technology fusion of multifunctional lightweight structures since 2012. Main aim is the merging of currently separated production processes during the processing of different material groups such as textiles, plastics and metal and to equip them with sensor and actuator technology. This would lead to a more cost- and energy-efficient large-scale production of multicomponent parts.

Within the Federal Cluster of Excellence are aside from large companies also numerous small and medium-size businesses involved, complementarily reflecting the value chain ‘From material to lightweight structures’. The project results of the Cluster supply the leading markets of automobile industry, aerospace, mechanical engineering and microsystems technology.

The Excellence Council of the Federal Cluster of Excellence “MERGE Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” makes recommendations and statements on the strategical development of MERGE with regard to communal-, regional-, federal-, and Europe-politics aspects.

The Scientific Advisory Board already consists of important partners from science. It counsels the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE with regard to relevant applications and current trends of resource-efficient technologies and components.

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The University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) was founded in 1209 and is among the globally most established, renowned, and research-based universities. The university educated over 90 Nobel Prize winners, more than any other university. The University of Cambridge belongs to the highest-performing institutions worldwide.

Since 1992, the library of the University of Cambridge is in charge of the private archive of Chemnitz-born writer and honorary citizen Stefan Heym (1913-2001). Furthermore, Heym received the Cambridge honorary doctorate in 1991.

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